Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current IssuesAuthor: Peterson Institute for International Economics
24 Nov 2017

Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.

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    Trade Talks Episode 13: Export Superstars and Billionaires: When Do Policymakers Need to Worry?

    Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown talk with PIIE Senior Fellow Caroline Freund about her research on big firms, billionaires, international trade, and economic development. First up is her recent book "Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms" and the evidence behind the importance of being big in international trade. They also probe the downside of unproductive wealth, the rise of inefficient behemoths in the form of state-owned enterprises, and implications for global concentration. Finally, they debate what policymakers should do to address the good and bad of big firms and the ultra rich.

  • Posted on 22 Nov 2017

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    Trade Talks Episode 12: How to Save a (Pacific) Trade Deal

    PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist examine the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). They discuss how 11 persistent countries pulled the original TPP deal from President Trump's dustbin and pushed toward agreement by suspending certain important elements. They also speak with PIIE Senior Fellow Jeffrey J. Schott about the motivation behind the agreement for countries like Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, and Canada and what the United States stands to lose economically from the president's choice to pull out of the Pacific deal.

  • Posted on 16 Nov 2017

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    Trade Talks Episode 11: The Complicated Impact of Trade...on Developing Countries

    PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of the Economist examine the impact of international trade on economic activity within developing countries like India, Vietnam, and Brazil. They talk with Professor Nina Pavcnik of Dartmouth College about her research on how trade liberalization has impacted workers and firms, what affects their ability to adjust, and the implications for poverty reduction and inequality. They also discuss the challenges and domestic policy implications of the pockets of nonadjustment that are found—not only in America—but even in the developing world.

  • Posted on 09 Nov 2017

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    Is Venezuela Close to Defaulting?

    Monica de Bolle argues that Venezuela is giving higher priority to paying its foreign creditors than to the Venezuelan people.

  • Posted on 07 Nov 2017

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    Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) Are Valuable But Need Strong Regulations

    Daniel Heller and Martin Chorzempa believe that policymakers need to create a regulatory framework for initial coin offerings.

  • Posted on 06 Nov 2017

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